Black regiments get involved in the Spanish-American war and impress.
1898 (Jul 1)
Four Black regiments participated in fighting around Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American war, including the 9th and 10th Cavalry Squadrons. Approximately twenty Black regiments served in the conflict. Most of the Black outfits had been activated shortly after the end of the civil war for action against the Indians in the West. In the present conflict, Blacks, like many of their white counterparts, were ill prepared in terms of experience, equipment, and training for combat in a tropical zone. Yet in the end, the Blacks won the praises of almost all their officers. At the beginning of the Spanish-American war, there was only one Black commissioned officer, Captain Charles Young. At the close of the war there were more than one hundred Black officers, including Young, now a Brevet Major and commander of the Ninth Ohio regiment.